Academic

Academic

"Teachers demonstrate excellent subject knowledge, and specialist teaching in some subjects, particularly in Years 5 and 6, enables pupils to achieve high levels of knowledge, understanding and skill. Use of time is excellent and lessons are carefully structured and executed at a suitably brisk pace, ensuring that pupils remain engaged and inspired." (ISI Report, 2014)

The focus of the Wellington Prep School curriculum is a rigorous and creative foundation that encourages intellectual curiosity, challenge and enrichment.  Our children benefit from small class sizes, superb teaching and specialist support, so that every child is engaged.

We aspire for our children to develop a positive attitude towards their learning; be aspirational, embrace struggle and reach their potential in a supportive learning environment.   In each subject, teaching focuses on developing core skills through a rich and diverse curriculum, allowing for purposeful practice and developing a strong foundation for future learning.

In Years 3 to 6 lessons place greater emphasis on formal learning and are usually delivered as discreet subjects.  Our children follow broad and balanced schemes of work focussing on a mastery approach to learning. 

The children receive specialist teaching for Music, Computing, Wellbeing and French in Years 3 and 4.  In Years 5 and 6 Science, Art, Drama and Design Technology are also taught by subject specialists, using Senior School facilities, such as the Kendall-Carpenter Science Block.

Maths is delivered using the ‘Maths – No Problem!’ mastery approach.  Wellington Prep School is the only accredited independent school in the country to use these materials.

There is no such thing as the ‘average’ child and during their time in formal education, some children may benefit from additional specialist support.  As well as tracking each child’s attainment and progress with great care, we also screen for specific difficulties, such as Dyslexia, which we can then support and address positively with the experience and expertise of our Prep School Learning Success Department.

Homework Expectations

The completion of homework plays an important part in our School’s curriculum.  Regular homework:

  • Encourages independent study and self-motivation
  • Helps children to organise themselves and meet deadlines
  • Develops perseverance and self-discipline
  • Allows opportunities for extra-practice and independent research
  • Promotes a partnership between home and school in supporting each child’s learning

At this age and stage, the expectations are:

Year 3:           
Daily reading, weekly English, Science and Maths tasks, Times Tables and spellings.

Year 4:
Regular reading, weekly English, Maths, spellings and Times Tables. Science, Humanities and Art/DT homework are set in turn

Years 5 and 6:
In the Prep Years a more formal timetable is prepared and organised by the class teacher on a fortnightly cycle covering most subjects. Children continue to be tested on times tables and spellings and there is an expectation to read regularly.

Additional homework or projects may be set on a reasonable, discretionary basis.

Parents are encouraged to look in their children’s homework/reading diaries to check the tasks set for them, and to help their children learn how to become more organised. 

A Homework Club operates for Years 3 to 6 as part of our after-school provision

Reading Expectations

Opportunities for teaching and developing reading skills include shared reading, guided reading, independent reading time, story time and library time. Reading is encouraged at home on a daily basis and reading diaries are provided for recording and tracking this.

Years 3 and 4:
Children are heard reading individually at least twice a week by the class teacher and/or a teaching assistant.

Years 5 and 6:
In Years 5 and 6 children have a guided reading lesson each week and are heard reading by the class teacher or teaching assistant at least once each week.

Please click on the links below to view the termly curriculum guides for each year group.